UMass Boston


Mission & History

Our Mission

To equip the racially and linguistically diverse early care and education workforce to lead and innovate for change and quality improvement in their practice, program, and in the field.

Our Vision

We believe in the power of the racially and linguistically diverse early education workforce to lead the changes urgently needed so that all young children and their families thrive.

Our vision is a system of early care and education that is high quality, affordable, and accessible for all children and families. In this system, family child care business owners and early educators from every level of the field lead change and innovation. They incorporate cutting edge research and new knowledge in their programs, and their businesses are vital contributors to their local economies.

To achieve this vision, we drive systems change in four key ways.

  1. We cultivate racially and linguistically diverse leaders from within the field with entrepreneurial leadership training.
  2. We sustain these leaders and support their development and influence through our growing leadership and innovation network.
  3. We contribute new knowledge about the impact of leadership in early care and education, and its potential as a powerful lever for social change, through original research.
  4. We are building the ecosystems required to sustain new and emerging leaders and scaling our entrepreneurial leadership model by partnering with governmental, philanthropic, and community-based organizations.

Our History

The Leadership Institute is a university-wide initiative housed in the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston. Founded in 2016, the Leadership Institute was inspired by and created in response to the demand from graduates of our first entrepreneurial leadership development programs piloted in 2012.


Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation

150 Mt. Vernon St.
Suite 458
Boston, MA 02125-3393

This institute is part of the College of Education and Human Development.